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Hoping for lots of gravy in 2010

April in Glenwood
April E. Clark
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
April E. Clark
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The best part of the holidays is ringing in a new year.

Chocolate fudge comes in a close second.

As the remaining days of December disappear like the Indianapolis Colts’ perfect season, I’ve been taking time to reflect on the year. And, more importantly, thinking about the start of a next decade.



No time for regrets here.

This year brought excitement and elation. Sadness, and sorrow. Promise and prosperity. Basically my life in the last year has been like a plate of corned beef hash. Plenty of good stuff , aka corned beef. Some so-so ingredients, i.e. onion and parsley. All topped with gravy.



Everything’s better with gravy.

What’s great about the new year is it’s a blank slate of opportunity. Last year at this time, I would’ve never predicted I’d ride the Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland. And buy a raft. Then flip it with my friends in high water. I never envisioned I’d start a new career in the renewables industry. Or end up in the front row at a Brent Michaels concert where I tried to break up a cat fight.

I blame it on the dirty talk.

I prefer a life filled with spontaneity, so I’m not a huge maker of lists. I can see the benefits of mapping out a plan, though. Sort of like a wish list for the path I see my life taking. Of course if the map has a few detours here and there, I’m totally fine with that. The best part about getting lost is finding my way again.

Especially when the scenery is so darn beautiful.

In 2010, I hope to travel. I mean really travel, not just for work or to go back to the Midwest on the holidays. Sure, I’ve been saying for years now how much I need a passport. I really have no excuse for not applying for one. Other than I haven’t gone anywhere requiring a passport.

For being the happiest place on earth, Disneyland really isn’t that hard to find.

If I don’t speak now, I feel like I’ll forever hold my peace about my strong desire to see Europe, New Zealand or the islands of Fiji. I need a goal that involves appreciating 15th-century frescoes in Tuscany, drinking from Das Boot in Munich or sea kayaking in the Bay of Islands.

At least one out of three works for me.

This next goal can be achieved through travel, or maybe just by keeping a journal, but I’d also like to really get to know myself this year. What truly brings joy to my life? Is it as simple as a slice of my mom’s homemade key lime pie? Is it the shine of my favorite black patent leather heels when they hit a streetlight? Or is it answering as honestly as I can when my friend Megan’s boys ask me questions like, “Aunt April, why don’t you have any kids?” and “Aunt April, did you see Santa when you were flying in the airplane?”

I not only saw Santa’s sleigh, Nolan, but there was a cherry-red blinking light right out in front.

I know I love to laugh, and I’ll be doing plenty of that in 2010. I promise myself that much. Maybe I’ll laugh so continuously, and will so feverishly, those little laugh lines around my mouth will become my favorite characteristic. I’m lucky enough to know some seriously funny people, so I won’t just rely on Mel Brooks for comedy relief. That won’t stop me from watching “Blazing Saddles” or “History of the World: Part One” for the millionth time. Or playing Will Ferrell shorts on Funny or Die. What can I say, I’m easily amused.

And will travel for fudge.

April E. Clark will need a heightened sense of humor to get on that plane Wednesday. She can be reached at aclark@ postindependent.com.


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